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Do firms' earnings management practices affect their equity liquidity?

By Huimin Chung, Her-Jiun Sheu and Juo-Lien Wang

Abstract

This study investigates the relationship between earnings management and equity liquidity, positing that as incentives arise for the manipulation of firm performance through earnings management (due partly to conflicts of interest between firm insiders and outsiders), greater earnings management may signal higher adverse selection costs. If earnings manipulation reveals aggressive accounting practices, liquidity providers tend to widen bid-ask spreads to protect themselves. The empirical results indicate that companies with higher earnings management suffer lower equity liquidity.Equity liquidity Adverse selection costs Earnings management

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